The highly-anticipated third-generation BMW X5 and X6 M Competition models are finally available in South Africa.
These Bavarian brutes are powered by BMW’s 4.4-litre twin-turbo V8 similar to that in the ballistic BMW M5 Competition. The motor develops a monstrous 460 kW at 6 000 rpm and 750 Nm available between 1 800 – 5 600 rpm.
The grunt is sent via an eight-speed M Steptronic transmission while the M xDrive all‑wheel-drive system puts the power to the pavement with assistance from BMW’s Active M Differential. The all‑wheel-drive system is a rear-biased setup, which can be adjusted in 4WD and 4WD Sport modes for both the BMW X5 and X6 M Competition
Both the BMW X5 M Competition and the BMW X6 M Competition are claimed to crush 0-100 km/h in 3.8 seconds and will run on to a manic top speed of 290 km/h. An M-specific adaptive suspension with electronically controlled dampers, active roll stabilisation, M Servotronic steering and Dynamic Stability Control form part of the package too.
Buyers are offered the choice of Road, Sport and Track driver settings and standard specification includes BMW Live Cockpit Professional with navigation system and BMW Intelligent Personal Assistant and the Parking Assistant. A selection of driver assistance systems and BMW’s ultra-bright Laser lights are available as options.
BMW X6 M Competition – R 2 733 420
BMW X5 M Competition – R 2 632 258
BMW South Africa has a rich history with BMW M vehicles and we at MOTOR know how much our readers enjoy M cars. South African built BMW MLE 530 is where, for many, the local M story began. Read all about it here.